Guide to Counseling at UMSL
Do I Need Counseling?
What to Expect From Counseling
When to Seek Counseling
Thoughts For Parents
Making an Appointment
Help a Friend
Suicide Prevention Information
Faculty and Staff
How to Refer a Student
Reaching Out To Troubled Employees
Services for Faculty and Staff
"Don't Cancel Class"
How to Deal with Disruptive Students
Intervening with "Troubled/Troubling" Students
Requesting a Presentation
“Don’t Cancel Class Program”
Information About Us
Meet the Staff
Internship and Practica
Internships at Counseling Services
Thoughts for Parents of New UMSL Students
Christopher Sullivan, Ph.D.; LPC; Clinical Director for Counseling Services
As the Clinical Director for Counseling Services, Dr.Chris Sullivan is the chief mental health officer on campus. He has over 20 years of experience working with college students and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri. He completed his doctorate in counseling at UMSL, with an emphasis in multicultural counseling. His clinical work emphasizes a holistic approach to mental health, based in a strengths-oriented perspective focused on well being and healing, while taking into consideration the impact of culture, relationships, and the need for social justice in society. A proud native son of west-central Wisconsin, he loves spending time with his family, squeaky cheese curds, and getting (kind of) lost in the woods. And, yes, he does miss cold winters.
Laura Holt, Ph.D.; Counseling Psychologist and Outreach Coordinator
Dr. Laura Holt completed her PhD in Counseling Psychology at Indiana University and has worked in college counseling centers at IU, Ivy Tech Community College, Virginia Tech, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. In addition to working with college students, her research and clinical interests include gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ issues; interpersonal relationships; emotional regulation; recovery from trauma; social justice; and distress tolerance. Laura’s theoretical style is warm, genuine, and often funny; she feels her role is to assist the client in exploring their clinical goals, making meaning of their lives, learning new skills, and overcoming obstacles to change. In addition to her roles as staff psychologist and outreach coordinator, Laura is a stand-up comic, runner, and lifelong fan of comic books, video games, and science-fiction/fantasy. She also has very strong and correct opinions about many different types of food.
Erin Vasconcelles, Ph.D.; Licensed Psychologist and Training Coordinator
Dr. Erin Vasconcelles received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University and is a Licensed Psychologist in Missouri. She has worked in a number of university counseling centers over the last 10+ years and has been at UMSL since 2010. Erin has a number of clinical interests including the treatment of anxiety and depression, interpersonal relationships and identity related concerns. She also has significant training and interest in sport psychology and performance-related concerns. Erin’s clinical approach is best described as warm, client-centered and strengths based. She sees her role as a therapist as assisting her clients as they identify their therapeutic goals, explore the cultural and relational contexts which shape their thoughts, feelings, beliefs and values and learn skills that will support the process of change. In addition to providing individual therapy, Erin also serves as Training Coordinator for the training program for advanced graduate students and provides individual and group supervision. In her free time, Erin is an avid sports fan and can be found rooting on her beloved St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers. She is passionate about growing orchids and enjoys spending time with her family, friends and furry children.
Bill McCadden, Counseling Intern
Bill McCadden is studying for his master’s degree at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to his experience in suicide and crisis intervention, Bill has interests in a wide range of clinical areas. Such areas include stress management, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and grief. Bill additionally seeks to facilitate recovery for people of all gender identities who have experienced sexual assault and other forms of trauma. Bill’s goal is to empower clients within a collaborative partnership so that they may make the changes they identify as necessary to live a more fulfilling life. In his free time Bill enjoys reading, listening to live music, playing with his pup Sam, and anything related to the outdoors.
Laura Newton, Counseling Intern
Laura is a second year Master of Social Work student with the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Originally from Lexington and Eastern Kentucky, Laura earned her B.A. in psychology from Berea College. In addition to assisting college students with academic and career-related decisions, she has two years of experience in intimate partner violence crisis counseling, advocacy, intervention, and research. Her clinical interests include treatment of anxiety, depression, recovery from trauma, and interpersonal relationship and other adjustment concerns. As a therapist, Laura believes in meeting the client where they are, helping them identify their therapeutic goals and personal strengths that can assist them on their therapeutic journey. She works to assist clients with their interconnected thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Her therapeutic style is warm and genuine. Laura is a born and bred University of Kentucky basketball fan and enjoys jogging, baking, and spending time with family and friends. She has also been known to visit kittens at animal shelters to de-stress.
Erin Senn, Counseling Intern
Erin Senn is a graduate student at the University of Missouri St. Louis pursing her M.A. degree in clinical counseling. She has worked with a diverse group of people including children and college students, as well as adults with severe mental health issues. In addition to her clinical experiences, she has worked in school classrooms educating young people about suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Her clinical interests include social justice, identity issues, gender and sexuality, and self-injury behaviors. Erin uses a collaborative and warm theoretical approach that focuses on empowerment and building an authentic relationship where one can explore their identities and interpersonal relationships. When Erin is not studying or working with others, you can find her in nature practicing yoga or biking around STL. She also enjoys local farmers markets, cooking, dancing, park swing sets (yes, old-school swinging on a swing set) and spending time with loved ones.